Rocketsrain on Southern Israel following killing of two Islamic Jihad terrorists

February 24, 2020 by Benjamin Brown - TPS
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Over twenty rockets were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, with two Israelis sustaining light injuries as a result of the attacks.

Shrapnel from a Kasam rocket shot down by the Iron Dome falls in the yrad of a home in the Gaza border region. (Photo by Noga Benoudiz-Sihu/TPS)

A 64-year-old was injured when she fell and injured her head whilst making her way to a bomb shelter whilst a 20-year-old woman suffered an anxiety attack, the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon stated.

The attacks began around 17:30 local time and continued throughout the evening. Light shrapnel damage occurred in towns and villages close to the border with Gaza. The majority of rockets were intercepted by the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Iron Dome Defense System with most of the remaining rockets landing in open areas, according to the military.

The attacks are most likely a response to the killing of two Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists Sunday morning, who were shot by IDF troops when attempting to lay a land mine on the Gaza border fence. The targeted cell had previously engaged in terrorist activities, placing explosives at the border, the IDF stated.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has convened a meeting at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, with the IDF stating at 10:20 local time that it had started striking Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza.

Schools in Ashkelon will remain closed tomorrow as the security situation remains unclear, TPS has learned.

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